The recent round of snow and cooler temperatures served as balm for our fields of rapini, upping the sweet quotient and making the plants even more supple. We will be busy harvesting the exquisite vegetable tomorrow, in preparation for our Harvest Celebration Dirt Dinner at Bramble & Hare, a four-course celebration of a favorite seasonal gift.
Rapini comes from a group of plants in the mustard family that, upon flowering, for a brief window broadcast subtle and flavorful bitter notes along with whispers of sweetness. People in Italy go mad for rapini every spring, sauteeing it with garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil, and eating it with pasta, as side dishes and in sandwiches.
Our four-course exploration of this glorious plant, along with a welcome aperitif, will revolve around the complex flavors and textures of rapini. The culinary team has been experimenting with different dishes all week in preparation for Monday night’s dinner. In addition, our sommelier Logan has selected one bottle of red and one of white that will complement the meal. Guests enjoy the option of choosing just “red” or white,” and receive their choice or choices wrapped in burlap along with the grids that sommeliers use to engage with blind tasting. And then comes quite a bit of fun, as diners try their hand at blind tasting. Of course, guests don’t have the play the sommelier game, and can just order bottles and wines by the glass, along with other adult beverages.
Harvest Celebration Dirt Dinners, which take place every Monday evening at Bramble & Hare, cost $75 person, plus tax, adult beverages and gratuity.
Join us! Wannot wait to share the pleasures of rapini with you.